The process is reaching a conclusion for 6-foot-7 power forward Evan Ravenel of Brandon (Fla.) High. The 245-pounder has seen three of his four finalists on the visit trail. Penn State, Tulane and Wichita State trips in the books; all that remains are a Sept. 29 visit to Virginia Tech.
"I think the experience is something I've never been through," Ravenel said. "Some of my friends have been going through this since sophomore year. It's been a good experience."
Each trip has been slightly different than the other and Ravenel's approach has been systematic. He hasn't reacted emotionally as he's pledged himself to make each visit.
"Penn State was a real big atmosphere," Ravenel said. "It's larger than any school I've been to. Everybody knew who I was and everything. Every night in their conference in the Big Ten they play a real good team.
"Tulane was the smallest of all the places I've been to. I met with the president Mr. Cohen and he talked to me how the university was after the hurricane but said that life at Tulane is real good after the tragedy and Coach Dickerson showed me a real good time."
And Wichita State was the most recent having hosted him last weekend. "This was where I felt the most comfortable. I had already known coach Marshall and coach Grant from when they were at Winthrop; I felt real comfortable up there."
Marquette and Boston College are asking him to hold off until after the early period. So far, Ravenel is locked on making the decision early. He instituted a plan before the visits began and he's sticking to it. "It's not really a lead thing. Nobody really leads. I want to talk all my visits. We'll sit down with my parents and evaluate it. I want to take all the schools in and give everyone a chance before I make a decision."